Photographic adventures for personal, spiritual and artistic growth that emphasize vision and creativity over equipment. Challenge yourself while enjoying the camaraderie of kindred spirits in a non-competitive environment. All experience levels welcome.



Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawai’i
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
February 15-24, 2018

This is not your parents Hawaii. This is an incredible journey to the old authentic and indigenous Hawaii and not the pre-packaged tourist version. Even if you’ve been to Honolulu and Waikiki on the Island of Oahu please join us because you have not seen or experienced anything close to this Hawaii. Some highlights will be a trip to the lava flow on the island’s active volcano, black sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls, wandering through old plantation villages, Buddhist temples, ancient stone spiritual grounds and meeting and hanging out with with some of the islands many artists and photographers. Continue for more info…


Yunnan Provence, SW China
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
March 14-27, 2018

This is an amazing journey to a beautiful, ethnically diverse corner of China that still has very few Western tourists. We stay at the stunning Linden Center, which has won numerous awards for both service and level of accommodation, as one of China’s best boutique hotels.  Continue for more info…


Iceland: Land of the Midnight Sun
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
May 5 – 15, 2018

Although much of Iceland is covered by snowfields and glaciers, the Gulf Stream keeps the climate milder and much greener than one would expect from an island near the top of the world. Iceland is renowned for the diversity of its natural wonders: a stunning coastline, slumbering volcanos, numerous majestic waterfalls, glaciated fjords, mountains and lush forests are just part of what makes this island so amazing. Continue for more info…

Badlands of South Dakota
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
May 24 – 28, 2018

Whether you are a very experienced people or figure photographer or you are a complete novice who has never worked with the nude, this is a wonderful opportunity to work with the figure in the landscape in a supportive, non-sexist, non-competitive environment. Continue for more info…

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
June 15-17, 2018

More info to come!


Chicago Botanic Garden, Highland Park, IL
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley 
July 14 & 15, 2018

This workshop will be about making, not taking, photographs by nourishing a deepening in our heart/soul/self and then bringing that awareness into our photo making process. We will work on giving our photos more layers of meaning to make stronger, more powerful images. Continue for more info…

New York Open Center, New York, NY
Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
July 27 & 28, 2018

Integrate your spiritual practice with your artistic or photo practice. This special one-day workshop is about expanding the experience of awareness through photography and integrating our spiritual practices into our artistic practice. Working together they can strengthen and enhance one another. If you’ve been to Doug’s previous workshops consider it a ‘tune-up’, if you haven’t here’s a chance to come and see what the fuss is all about! This one day could change your relationship to photography forever and deepen your creative path. Continue for more info…

Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine   Assignment/Response Workshop
with Douglas Beasley
August 12-18, 2018

Join us for a powerful week of exploring new ways of seeing and making photographs that come from a more personal and intimate place.  We will learn to harness intuition, quietness, spirituality and even introversion, as creative forces in our art and photography. By cultivating simplicity with purpose and vision, we will create more powerful, as well as more personal photographs, supporting the concept that a photograph is not ‘taken’ but ‘made’. We will put more depth and meaning in our photos by becoming more in touch with our inner selves, then use that awareness to deepen the connection with our chosen subject; whether person, place, or thing. 
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1011_Japan_037Kyoto, Japan
Travel/Destination Workshop
with Douglas Beasley 
September 29 – October 9, 2018

Join Doug in his favorite place on the planet, Japan, for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure! As we wander through old streets and down mysterious alleys, make images in Buddhist Temples, Zen gardens and Shinto Shrines, our images reflect the surreal world of inner calm and tranquility. Every moment becomes a good opportunity for a photo that speaks to a deeper meaning. The itinerary not only reflects Doug’s interest in Zen but his deep love of Japanese gardens and architecture.
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Interested in the kind of work others have made at
Vision Quest Photo Workshops?
Check out some of our past student work here.
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Artists Retreats & Custom Photo Workshops
Near Grantsburg, NW Wisconsin
1.5 hours drive from the Twin Cities, MN

Vision Quest’s Trade River Retreat Center is available for individuals or small groups of up to 6 people for personal retreats, private workshops or an Artist’s Residency. Or have a custom workshop for you or your group created by Doug. This beautiful, very private, north woods setting rests on the banks of the Trade River, a designated trout stream and protected waterway. Continue for more info…


Kathleen on the Bridge, Taos, New MexicoWith Douglas Beasley
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Invest in your artistic growth and move your career forward with a custom-designed Mentorship. Focus your creative vision, develop your photographic talents and advance your artistic and career goals with a mentorship. Includes analysis of current positioning and developing a structured plan for successful implementation. Also includes private one-on-one workshop. Continue for more info…


Kathleen on the Bridge, Taos, New MexicoTrade River Retreat Center, NW Wisconsin
Or at your chosen location…
with Douglas Beasley
Contact studio for available dates

Invest in your artistic growth and move your art forward with an intensive one-on-one private or small group workshop. Custom design your workshop together around your needs and desires for growth based on a holistic approach, examining all aspects of your creative process. Continue for more info…